Finding a way to let Mothers know how much they mean can be challenging. Here are some ideas that may help you show your appreciation on Mother’s Day, May12, 2013.
For the mom who loves to bake:
World renowned pastry guru and Chicago’s expert chocolate artist, Chef Alain Roby of the All Chocolate Kitchen, 33 S. Third St in Geneva, will feature “The Mother of All Foodies” Contest on Mother’s Day, where contestants will share their favorite chocolate dessert recipe for a chance to bake with Chef Roby himself. Before baking at the All Chocolate Kitchen, the winner and a guest will be treated to a manicure and pedicure, signature facial, Manisha eyebrow threading, and a makeover with Jane Medale products from Beauté by Sylvie, a European Day Spa, 211 James St., in Geneva. To participate, contestants should send their best chocolate dessert recipe and a letter on why their mom is the sweetest to [email protected] by Wednesday, May 8 at 5:00 p.m. The winner will be notified via email and must be available to share their recipe, enjoy a day at the spa, and bake with Chef Roby on Saturday, May 11.
For the fun, fondue-loving mom:
Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, will treat all moms to a complimentary 5-minute massage on Mother’s Day. Moms will step away from the table to receive a well-deserved pampering in a secluded relaxing atmosphere with licensed massage therapists from Lincoln Park Massage Spa while they dine. The restaurant will open at noon on Mother’s Day. For reservations, call 773-281-9101.
For the perfect mother-daughter tea and Mother’s Day brunch:
The newly renovated Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, provides the perfect setting to celebrate Mother’s Day. On Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m., Drury Lane invites Mothers and Daughters to enjoy tea in the gorgeous new French Room, followed by a performance of the critically-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning musical OLIVER! at 5 p.m. On Sunday, May 12 from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Drury Lane features a lavish Mother’s Day Brunch that diners of all ages will enjoy. An annual tradition, this year marks the first Mother’s Day Brunch following Drury Lane’s extensive renovation of its lobby, lounge and ballroom spaces. Reservations are required by calling 630.530.8300 in advance.
For a chance to see “Gene Kelly” in rehearsal:
Paying homage to one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, Theatre at the Center presents What a Glorious Feeling at 2:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day. A revealing portrait of the late dancer-actor-director-choreographer Gene Kelly, this Chicago premiere production of What a Glorious Feeling will be directed by Theatre at the Center Artistic Director William Pullinsi with Choreography by Jeff Award-winning choreographer Danny Herman. For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit TheatreAtTheCenter.com.
For “The Greatest Show on Earth”:
Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, will present the circus-themed musical BARNUM, at 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Complimentary coffee will be provided in the lobby before the show by Bad Ass Coffee. BARNUM is the riveting musical that traces the life and loves of colorful impresario Phineas Taylor Barnum, played by Gene Weygandt. For tickets, call 773-325-1700 or visit MercuryTheaterChicago.com.
For “An Enchanted Evening” at the theater:
The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire, will present Broadway’s legendary romantic musical SOUTH PACIFIC at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Featuring music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, the original 1949 Broadway production won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the 2008 Broadway revival won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. Based on James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific, this all-new production of SOUTH PACIFIC is directed by David H. Bell with choreography by Matt Raftery. For tickets, please call 847.634.0200 or visit www.MarriottTheatre.com.
For a kid-friendly “Tale as Old as Time”:
The Actors Training Center Repertory Company will present the Disney classic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. at the Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave in Wilmette, on Mother’s Day at 7 p.m. Featuring songs from the Academy-Award winning animated feature, this stage version includes music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The production is recommended for children ages 5 and up. For tickets, call 847.251.7424 or visit www.wilmettetheatre.com.
For a truly touching mother-daughter story:
Eighty-Eight Entertainment will present the Chicago Premiere of THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE, starring internationally-acclaimed storyteller and pianist, Mona Golabek, in a limited engagement at The Royal George Theatre, 1641 North Halsted St, at 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg, THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE tells the true story of Mona Golabek’s mother, noted pianist and author Lisa Jura. A young Jewish pianist, Lisa dreams of a concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall. When Lisa is sent on the kinder transport to London to protect her from the Nazi regime, everything about her life is upended except her love of music and her pursuit of her dream. Golabek performs some of the world’s most beloved piano music in this poignant true story of her mother’s experience in wartime Europe. For tickets, call 312.988.9000 or visit www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.
Immediately following Mother’s Day:
Iconic entertainer Pat Boone will perform two concerts only at Drury Lane Theatre on Monday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m. Celebrating 75 years in show business, Boone has had nearly 40 “Top 40″ hits, has sold over 45 million albums and starred in more than 15 Hollywood films. For tickets, call 630.530.0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
Photos: Courtesy Noreen Heron & Associates
More Mother’s Day Choices:
Chicago French Market
The Chicago French Market (131 North Clinton Street, Chicago, IL 60661; 312-575-0306) has many vendors featuring wonderful gifts for Mother's Day. Abbey Brown Soap Artisan will be offering a new Chicago Candle collection, made to pair with the Chicago line of hand-made soaps. Each candle is made out of natural materials, and there are nine different candle scents for only $8 each. Abbey Brown also suggests giving a $15 Body Butter. You can add a Mini Milk Bath for $5 with Body Butter purchase ($26 value), Offer is available now through Mother's Day.
Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine will be selling The Great Ladies of Cheese Gift Medley, one of their best sellers. The gift is inspired by the well-known women forerunners of America's artisan cheese movement. Each piece within the collection was created by a female cheesemaker. You can order in-store or online at http://shop.pastoralartisan.com/index.php/gifts/great-ladies-of-cheese.html.
Oh Olive! will feature great gifts that any mother would love. Fresh extra virgin olive oil is great to pair with balsamic vinegar. Combinations like garlic olive oil and pomegranate balsamic vinegar, basil olive oil and grapefruit white balsamic and Tuscan herb olive oil and traditional eighteen year balsamic are customer favorites this season. Not only is this a healthy, delicious gift to give your mother, but you can get it gift wrapped for free, making the day a little easier.
Bello Tea is offering many options for gifts to show you care. One Mother's Day favorite, Tea baskets, come filled with a variety of teas, tea cups, tea infusers, and ice tea sets, starting at $28. Matcha for Moms starter kits, which includes a blender bottle and a choice of a Matcha blend, is a type of Japanese green tea. It has the same amount of caffeine as black tea but is still rich in amino acids and low on calories. The has ten times the amount of cancer fighting antioxidants in a regular cup of green tea, boosts memory, and helps regulate blood sugar. This way you can give something healthy and exciting.
Maxwell's at the Club
A special brunch will be held at Maxwell's at the Club (500 N Kingsbury St., Chicago, IL 60654; 312-527-5800) for Mother's Day. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. everything from breakfast pastries and appetizers to salads and dessert will be offered to adults for $45 and $15 for children ten and under.
Among the long list of delicious food being offered at Maxwell's there will be breakfast basics, such as Sour Cream Pancakes, Bacon and Pork Sausage, and a Waffle and Omelet Bar. There will be a carving station, with favorites like Roast Prime Rib of Beef with Au Jus and Horseradish Sauce and Roast Rack of Lamb with Mint Jelly. A variety of salads will be offered, including Greek Yogurt-Dill Potato Salad and a new flavor, Carrot Salad with Raisins, Honey, Orange and Cinnamon. Maxwell's also includes classic breakfast favorites such as toasted bagels and seasonal fresh fruit and berries to ensure that everyone finds something they love.
To find out more about Maxwell's brunch you can call them at 312-527-5800. For reservations or to see the full menu, visit their website at http://eastbankclub.com/dining/maxwells-at-the-club/events/mothers-day-brunch/.
Prairie Grass Cafe
If you are celebrating Mother's Day on Chicago's North Shore, Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook, IL 60062; 847-205-4433) is featuring an exciting brunch. From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. a sumptuous buffet, with desserts, will be offered for $45 per adult and $15 per child ten and under.
Prairie Grass Café will begin th e celebration by serving each guest their signature PGC Benedict, a poached egg with spinach and roasted tomato hollandaise. The buffet continues with a variety of tasty selections including Grilled Chicken and Penne Pasta Salad and Applewood Smoke Maple Creek Farm Bacon. Other choices include a platter of Grilled Asparagus, with lemon cream sauce and sliced radishes, Parmesan Crusted Tilapia over creamed spinach and Braised Pork with spicy sauce and refried black beans. The buffet also will offer a waffle station, made to order omelet station, and Prairie Grass Cafe's signature Beef Shepherd's Pie.
After you have experienced Prairie Grass Cafe's delicious buffet, a dessert buffet will be the perfect finish to the meal. It includes breakfast favorites such as freshly sliced fruit, a dish of fresh berries along with desserts such as Double Chocolate Cupcakes, Mini Cream filled Eclairs and Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble. There also will be a crêpe station with Valrhona chocolate and hazelnut spreads, raspberry jam and whipped cream.
Tax, gratuity and beverage are not included in the buffet price. For reservations, call 847-205-4433 or visit their website at www.prairiegrasscafe.com.
Benny's Chop House
Benny's Chop House (444 N. Wabash, Chicago 312-626-2444) will be serving a special Mother's Day menu 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with additional brunch selections 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Benny's has engaged a professional photographer to take family photographs for each family to remember the day. For information and reservations, visit http://www.bennyschophouse.com.
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